8 stars who shared the same roles with their children
Dasany Kristal Gonzalez as the younger version of Dascha Polanco on Orange Is the New Black
In a Daya-centric episode of Orange Is the New Black’s season 5, fans were amazed that young Daya, in flashback sequences, so closely resembled star Dascha Polanco. The secret? The actress’ real-life daughter Dasany Kristal Gonzalez took on the younger role.
Mamie Gummer as the younger version of Meryl Streep in Evening
Lajos Koltai’s 2007 drama Evening cast each of its major roles twice to facilitate its double-narrative flashback structure, but only one of the characters is split between mother-and-daughter stars: Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer share the role of Lila.
Eva Amurri as the younger version of Susan Sarandon in Dead Man Walking
Susan Sarandon shared her Oscar-winning role in Tim Robbins’ Dead Man Walking with none other than her daughter, Eva Amurri Martino, who played the nine-year-old Sister Helen Prejean in the 1995 drama.
Zoe Perry on Young Sheldon as the younger version of Laurie Metcalf on The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory spinoff Young Sheldon got its casting of the younger version of Laurie Metcalf’s character Mary Cooper just right: Metcalf’s daughter Zoe Perry will play young Sheldon’s mother in the prequel series.
Indio Falconer Downey as younger version of Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Shane Black’s darkly comedic 2005 neo-noir stars Robert Downey Jr. as Harry, a thief posing as an actor, and features Downey’s son Indio Falconer Downey as the character at nine years old (opposite Modern Family star Ariel Winter as the childhood version of Michelle Monaghan’s character).
Alice Richmond as the younger version of Tina Fey on 30 Rock
Who better to play young Liz Lemon than Tina Fey’s own daughter Alice Richmond? Only seven years old when she did a cameo in a 2012 episode of 30 Rock, Alice clearly inherited her mother’s comedic chops.
Willow Smith as the baby version of Jada Pinkett-Smith in Madagascar 2
When Jada Pinkett Smith reprised her role as Gloria the Hippo in the 2008 Madagascar sequel Escape 2 Africa, she brought along her daughter Willow to play baby Gloria in flashbacks.
Quinn Dempsey Stiller as the baby version of Ben Stiller in Madagascar 2
It wasn’t just Jada and Willow who kept it in the family for Madagascar 2: Ben Stiller’s son Quinn Dempsey Stiller played the baby version of Alex the Lion in the animated sequel.